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hey! it's an office party! the "name your price" tool. only from progressive. call or click today. step forward in gabby giffords' recovery. what doctors are saying about the injured congresswoman and her prognosis. america's long-term unemployed. >> i'm two weeks behind on the mortgage. >> how the jobseekers are finding help. and the top two movies this weekend. from "the green hornet's" action to the laughs of "the dilemma." >> i love your boyfriend. >> our take in "insomniac theater." it's monday, january 17th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now."
>> not a big fan, didn't really get into "the green hornet"? >> it's very action but it's action meets comedy. so it's a very -- like an unnamed genre is the best name to describe what it is. how is the other one, "the dilemma"? >> it's more serious than i thought. still some laughs in there. >> i was shocked to see winona ryder. i feel like we haven't seen her in so long. >> we'll get to more in just a second. good morning, everybody, happy monday, i'm rob nelson. >> i am vinita nair. there's word of significant progress for congresswoman gabrielle giffords. >> they've upgraded her condition from critical to serious. as yunji de nies reports from tucson, this will be a crucial week in her recovery. >> reporter: congresswoman gabrielle giffords is now breathing on her own without the help of a machine. and doctors have removed the tube that went down her throat. instead, they performed what's called a tracheotomy, inserting a shorter tube directly in her
windpipe below the vocal cords. that will allow her to breathe much more comfortably and, more importantly, will allow her to speak. we do not know yet if she is speaking. >> from the patient's perfe perspective it's much more comfortable. therefore, there's less sedation required. if she's more awake she can partipate much more in her own care and physical therapy. >> reporter: doctors also inserted a feeding tube which is typically routed to the stomach through a small incision in the abdomen. the tracheotomy and the feeding tube mean she is still in a very vulnerable state. >> in patients who are critically ill in the intensive care unit, both of these devices are used frequently and they're used because they're very beneficial. they reduce risks to the patient. >> reporter: doctors say for patients with brain injuries, removing that breathing tube is especially important because the gag reflex is so strong, any coughing can cause more pressure on the brain and that is exactly what you don't want. that feeding tube will also help because it will mean that the
congresswoman can get more nutrition and more calories. yunji de nies, abc news, tucson. >> tomorrow we will hear more about giffords' recovery. talks exclusively for the first time with our diane sawyer. that interview in a primetime abc news special tomorrow night at 10:00 eastern, 9:00 central. however, another one of the shooting victims is now in trouble. james fuller was shot in the leg during the tragedy but now he's been arrested saturday after he started ranting during a town hall meeting that was being taped for abc's show "this week." police say fuller made threatening remarks to a local tea party official. he was ordered to take a mental health evaluation. abc's david newer reports on that meeting, which included heroes and survivors of the shooting. >> reporter: it was bill howland's wife who brought that little girl, christina taylor green, a neighbor's daughter. she was so excited so meet her congresswoman. his wife is still in the hospital but struggling now that
christina is gone. >> she's a strong woman. and she knows rationally that there's no blame to be apportioned. but the fact of the matter is, she took a little neighbor's girl away that morning and was unable to bring her home. >> reporter: patricia knocked the ammunition from the gunman's hand. colonel badger tackled the gunman. >> yet you're uncomfortable with the idea of having the hero label attached to you. >> i am. this is the hero. if i'm a hero, he's the superhero. >> you gave the shooter a black eye, didn't you? >> he was saying "ow, ow, ow, ow." and i -- of course, i didn't know roger before this happened. but i said, "roger, let up a little bit." roger says, "i don't care." >> reporter: lynn rich, the gunman's neighbor, speaking for the first time. >> i wish that i would have had more courage to have said more to his parents. >> one of the things that struck me, you spoke of the music.
you said there was once beautiful music coming from that house. >> yes. jared played in a jazz band. and i just loved sitting in my house listening to that music come out of the house. and something changed. >> when you asked the family, what was the answer? >> there was no answer. i was just glared at and turned a back on. >> reporter: there were so many in the room who asked, why isn't there more to help detect signs of mental illness long before tragedy? this woman lost her brother, an officer shot and killed by a man with a history of mental illness. >> and i just wonder how many more of these do i have to attend? we can do better. we can find common ground to stop this from happening. >> reporter: i'm david muir in tucson. >> following the tucson shootings, members of congress are acknowledging it is time to watch what they say. there have been accusations that overheated rhetoric encourages violent acts. lawmakers say while they may disagree they're going to be
more careful about how they express those differences. >> i think that we republicans and i think democrats alike will realize that if we tone down the rhetoric, sometimes our debate is more effective from our own side. >> that's symbolic but maybe it just sets a tone and everything gets a little bit more civil. >> as a sign of the new civility, senator charles schumer, a liberal democrat, and republican tom coburn, conservative republican, will sit together at the state of the union address. usually republicans sit on one side and democrats sit on the other. turning overseas now to haiti where the man responsible for one of that nation's darkest eras has now returned. jean-claude devaul 88, known as "baby doc," arrived in port-au-prince on sunday 24 years after being ousted. his brutal dictatorship was marked by the oppression of political opponents. "baby doc's" return comes of course as haiti struggles with
political crisis and recovery from last year's devastatie ini earthquake. more political unrest in the north african nation of tunisia after that nation's long-time leader was ousted. street clashes and protests have been the norm since tunisia's president fled to saudi arabia on friday. tunisia's prime minister is now trying to forge a unity government which he says is likely to be unveiled today. if you're in this country it of course is martin luther king day. the holiday observances going on across the country today. attorney general eric holder addressed dr. king's old church in atlanta during sunday's services yesterday. he told the congregation at ebenezer baptist church that the tucson shooting rampage shows us the struggle to eradicate violence and promote peace and that battle goes on but he says dr. king's legacy binds us all together. >> today, we must look upon our nation as dr. king did. seeing both the history of
imperfection and progress. its weaknesses and its strengths. appreciating both its challenges and its infinite opportunity. >> holder, of course, is the nation's first black attorney general. he said heish wished dr. king could see the america that he helped to create. a threatening storm in the northwest is causing big problems this morning. the rain caused several landslides in oregon and washington. several hillsides which were already saturated because of recent snow melt fell right onto the road. two people were injured in washington when their cars were struck by a rock slide. flooding in the area could continue into tomorrow. with that here's a look at your monday forecast now. lingering flooding and the threat of mud slides in the pacific northwest. rainy from seattle to portland. snow from fargo to minneapolis and chicago. rain from little rock to new orleans. heavy rain, gusty winds and some hail from orlando to miami. >> 48 in atlanta. 26 here in new york.
17 in boston. mostly 30s from indianapolis to omaha. 52 in boise. 66 in colorado springs. 77 in phoenix. in sports news this morning the nfl's final four is now set. the new york jets were the last team to qualify yesterday with their big victory over the new england patriots. >> we don't have to show these hee lights to anyone in new york because everyone was watching this game. tom brady threw a touchdown, cutting the jets' lead to 11. b 3. >> they also tacked on another td for good measure. the jets pulled this one out in a bit of a shocker, final score 28-21. they will now play the steelers for the afc title next sunday. in the nfc championship it will be the packers visiting the bears. >> of course in new england they were watching too. we'll be right back with more "world news now." love legendary covergirl lashblast?
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the m.l. day holiday today. when it opens tomorrow you can expect to see more reports predicting record profits for banks. >> while the big bank spree continues some americans are experiencing a very different kind of streak. 99 weeks without a job. lin day davis has more on these so-called 99ers. >> reporter: banks may be optimistic but dawn rainer is not. >> i'm two weeks behind on the mortgage. i have enough to pay the utilities for maybe this month and then i have absolutely not a penny left. >> reporter: dawn is a 99er. one of 1.5 million americans who have been unemployed for 99 weeks or more and have run out of unemployment benefits. the tax bill recently signed into law doesn't extend unemployment benefits beyond 99 weeks. in rallies and online the 99ers are organizing. the websites are part support group, part petition to congress to pass legislation to extend benefits for people like dawn. even with a master's degree and
thousands of resume submissions, still no job. she collected her last unemployment check nine months ago. >> at this point, the only jobs i even see available in my area are drivers for pizza hut. i've sent them resumes as well. >> reporter: people out of work for more than a year only have a 9% chance of being rehired. >> i think the job market is starting to rev up at just the right time, provide these folks with some opportunity when they desperately need it. >> reporter: for the first time in more than three years the job market is expected to show stronger gains in 2011. bob woodster's company is adding 1,600 jobs in the next three years. >> we want to make sure we're in place to take advantage when the economy really starts to pick up. >> reporter: in a recent survey 45% of ceos said they planned to add jobs this year. >> but it is going to be a tough slog. it's going to take awhile to re-employ all these people. >> reporter: dawn rainer can't afford to wait. many economists say we're not
welcome back, everyone. 20 years ago, the skies over baghdad were lit with the beginning of "operation desert storm." >> the world watched as the united states began air strikes against iraq and occupying forces in kuwait. for more we go to the "abc news vault" for coverage of the war, the first few days. >> this is abc news "nightline." now reporting from new york, peter jennings. >> i'm peter jennings.
good evening again. it is 11:30 eastern time, it is 7:30 in the morning in baghdad. the sun is up and iraqis in the capital city and elsewhere around the country are emerging to see what the u.s., the british, and to some extent the french, the saudi and the kuwaiti air force has done to their country in the last several hours. some of the very early reports were that the missile sites in the northwest corner of iraq which were in a position to launch scud missiles which could have reached israel were taken out very early on. that was israelly intelligence, very early on that that went down pretty quickly. though we are reminded constantly that it may take many attacks on a number of these targets, so there is a watch word of caution waiting for bomb damage estimates this morning. >> we also have now a package that has been put together by the itn correspondent, a british correspondent by the name of brent sadler. we have that report now on last
night's bombing raid over iraq. specifically, over baghdad. let's take a look at that. >> reporter: baghdad's lights were still blazing when the strike planes from "desert storm" found their first target. it was a crystal clear night, taking the pilots' task a little easier. attack planes were high altitude. i only heard the engines of one. seen through a night lens the scale of the attack can be seen much more clearly. the illuminated sky was filled with a star-spangled display of leadal force. it was terrifying to watch an attack on this scale and so close. iraqi anti-aircraft gunners probed the sky. no attacking aircraft was visible to the naked eye.
behind this curtain of light, the electronic guidance systems of planes and missiles sent their payloads to saddam hussein's front door. those who were caught out in it ran for cover. but at the time of this report, i do not know the extent of iraqi casualties. the bombs and missiles targeted saddam hussein's palace. the communications centers. the warfare production plant. and his missile ranges. destroyed by high-tech weapons. it was impossible to pick out all the weaponry. missiles going across the skyline to their target. the iraqi defenders were spectacular in their intensity. but where was iraq's iron fist?
its air force and much-boasted defense plan? to all intents and purposes it was nonexistent in this crucial phase of the war. by first light over baghdad the mayhem had silenced. the attack formations and incoming missiles had stopped. there was an eerie calm. this was a city stunned by the gravity and speed of action. roads were virtually empty. but some motorists were speeding away. it was impossible to report accurately at this stage of the conflict on how much fight was left in iraq's war machine. all potential if any remained in iraq's plans to enlarge the war zone with a strike on israel. the city itself was by no means physically devastated but it was in mental shock, that saddam hussein was not expecting this to happen after invading kuwait. he made a historic miscalculation. brent sadler, itn, baghdad. >> weird how the implications of war here, literally iraq still
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father forces him to take over this empire. he's upset and he decides to team up with his dad's old assistant. initially they actually want to commit a crime. they end up solving one and becoming a team. >> we'll need a car. >> hell yes we'll need a car. >> with some weapons and armor. >> cool ribs, spinning rims. >> i can do that. >> i want you to take my hand, i want you to come with me on this adventure. >> i'll go with you. but i don't want to touch you. >> okay, you don't have to take my hand but will you come with me on this adventure? >> it's beautiful! >> as with any action movie there are some really, really good scenes in this. but it's a little weird in the sense that it's neither action nor comedy. it's almost like a superhero movie where they make fun of superheroes. i give it 3 out of 5. i will say i probably could have dozed off during this one. some good action scenes. >> i had an okay time.
saw "the dilemma." basically the plot here is fairly simple, that this guy catches his buddy's wife cheating and it sets off a very strange series of events here. winona ryder, she's the one kind of stepping out on her husband kevin james. these are two fun-loving couples and it all falls apart. take a listen to the good times. >> when it comes to being a couple they're my heroes. >> hey, come on, get up, let's do this. >> oh, ronnie here just called you his hero couple and he still refuses to dance with me. >> would you stop? >> i'm your hero? oh, come on. every kid wants to dance with his hero. >> busting a move there. i give this 2 1/2 kernels. i thought i'd like it more. there were some funny parts but it couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a drama or a
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promising prognosis. congresswoman gabby giffords and the encouraging news this morning from doctors. promising politics. toning down the talk. >> job-killing job. >> job-killing. >> job-killing. >> the changes assessed on capitol hill. and, powerful ceremony. the brightest stars and biggest winners at the golden globes. it's monday, january 17th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> of course everyone says the golden globes is a precursor to the oscars. >> every year. >> if that's the case i have to
say there were some, i knew that was coming and a lot of, wow, i'm totally shocked. >> they spread the wealth. obviously the best picture. but a lot of films got a lot of buzz, shared some of the gold last night. i thought that was kind of cool. gervais was kind of brutal. >> a skinnier gervais as well. people commenting on that. >> yes. >> a lot of people commenting on that. good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm rob nelson. we start this morning with an update on congresswoman gabby giffords. a week after suffering that 51 shot through the brain doctors have now removed her ventilator and upgraded her condition from critical to serious. >> they say the next five days will be crucial. our yunji de nies has the latest. >> reporter: the congresswoman's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious because she's now able to breathe on her own without a ventilator. over the weekend doctors removed her breathing tube but they did perform a tracheotomy. that's inserting a smaller tube in her throat that will allow her to breathe on her own. >> from the patient's perspective it's much more comfortable, therefore, there's less sedation required.
if she's more awake, she can participate much more in her own care and physical therapy. >> reporter: doctors say for patients with brain injuries, removing that breathing tube is especially important because the gag reflex is so strong, any coughing can cause more pressure on the brain and that is exactly what you don't want. that feeding tube will also help because it will mean the congresswoman can get more nutrition and more calories. >> in patients who are critically ill in the intensive care unit, both of these devices are used frequently. and they're used because they're very beneficial. they reduce risks to the patient. >> reporter: yunji de nies, abc news, tucson. >> we'll get much more inside information about giffords' recovery tomorrow. astronaut mark kelly, the congresswoman's husband, talks exclusively for the first time with diane sawyer. that interview will be in a primetime abc news special that will air tomorrow night at 10:00 eastern, 9:00 central. another of the shooting victims was laid to rest yesterday. 76-year-old dorwin stoddard was remembered as an all-around nice
guy willing to help everyone. stoddard was shot outside the supermarket as he shielded his wife with his body. she has already been released from the hospital. another survivor of the shooting is in custody this morning. undergoing a mental health evaluation. james fuller allegedly made threats against a tea party leader on saturday. it happened toward the end of the taping of a town hall meeting that brought together survivors and witnesses. abc's chuck sivertsen has more. >> reporter: it was the day they'll never forget. >> i looked over and there was just bang, bang, bang, bang. >> he was pulling a magazine out of his pants pockets with his left hand and i was able to grab the magazine. >> reporter: in a town hall meeting on a special edition of abc's "this week with christiane amanpour," those with a personal connection to the shootings tried to make sense of the senseless. >> there were maybe heroic things done by normal people. it means we're human beings. and i think that's to me one of the most lasting impressions is
to see what people were doing for someone else. >> reporter: william badger tackled the gunman. >> i had a choke hold on him. roger had his knee on the back of his neck. and every time he would move i would tighten my grip. >> reporter: and nearly paid with his life. >> i felt the bullet hit the back of my head and it was just a stinging, burning sensation. >> reporter: daniel hernandez, a member of congresswoman giffords' staff who came to her aid when she was shot, made a plea for solidarity. >> i think what we've seen is a big sense of the community coming together, not just the tucson, arizona, but the national community. we need to utilize this to have a more constructive instead of destructive political discourse in the future. >> reporter: one man wounded in the tucson shootings who was in the audience made what seemed to be a threat against a tea party leader, also present. james eric fuller was taken away for psychiatric evaluation. perhaps in the end, this tucson schoolgirl said it best. >> i think it makes the world sound like a crazy place sometimes. >> reporter: chuck sivertsen, abc news.
we are hearing reports this morning the federal trial of the alleged shooter will be moved out of arizona because of too much pretrial publicity. "the washington post" said jared loughner will be tried in san diego. all the federal judges in arizona have recused themselves from the case because one of the victims was john roll, the state's chief federal judge. in the wake of the tucson massacre, politicians on both sides of the aisle are calling for more civility in their debates. when congress resumes tomorrow it will be faced right off the bat with a very hot button issue. how long will this new politeness last? abc's david kerley takes a look. >> reporter: it's back to work. with plenty of talk of changing the talk in washington. senator john mccain calls for members to behave more modestly and courteously and respectfully toward one another. that echoes the president. >> before we are democrats or republicans, we are americans. >> reporter: and democratic leaders.
>> to temper our words and respect those with whom we disagree. >> reporter: that could be hard. when the first piece of business is what is expected to be a nasty battle over health care. in fact, the republican bill is even called "repeal of the job-killing health care law." >> this is a job-killing bill. job-killing. >> job-killing legislation. >> reporter: the week after the tucson tragedy when speaker john boehner talked about the agenda he changed a word. dropping the word killing and saying his colleagues will try to overturn what he calls the democrats' job-destroying spending spree. is that an indication of the change of tone, a return to civility so many have called for? sources say don't make too much of the word change, adding republicans don't plan to change the name of the bill. >> you lie! >> reporter: and don't expect someone to yell that at the state of the union where the president is expected to again push civility. a democrat's call that rather than sit apart, republicans and democrats mingle, is gathering some support. john mccain has signed on.
so while everyone is talking about talking nicer, will we actually see a change in washington's ways? >> i think there's a sense that there's going to be a change in tone but there's not going to be a change in policy and there's not going to be a change in the polarizing nature of this body. >> reporter: a polarizing issue that's been getting some attention since the shooting is gun control, which could end up on the agenda of this new congress. david kerley, abc news, the capitol. former peace corps director and vice presidential candidate sergeant shriver has been hospitalized. the 95-year-old shriver has been battling alzheimer's for years. his wife eunice kennedy shriver died in 2009. their daughter maria shriver is the wife of former california governor arnold schwarzenegger. haiti's former dictator, jean-claude "baby doc" duvalier, is back in his native country after 24 years in exile. "baby doc" returned to port-au-prince on sunday. he was ousted in a popular uprising in 1986 following a
reign marked by corruption and political intimidation. it's still unclear though why he chose to return now but he's expected to answer that question at a news conference set for later today. now for some weather news. forecasters say flooding from a big weekend storm in the northwest could stretch into tomorrow. several hillsides fell onto roads in oregon and washington because of the heavy rain. they were already super-saturated because of recent melting snow. two motorists in washington were injured when rock slides hit their vehicle. now here is a look at your monday forecast. stormy in florida with drenching rain, hail, and 60-mile-an-hour winds from miami to orlando. showers in atlanta, raleigh, and nashville. snow in the twin cities, fargo, and chicago. showers around little rock, memphis, and new orleans. rain and flooding in the pacific northwest. >> meanwhile, 50s in seattle and portland. 64 in sacramento. just 11 degrees in fargo. 30 in minneapolis. and 41 in kansas city. a wet 78 in miami. 48 in atlanta. and 29 in baltimore. today the nation is focusing
on the life and legacy of martin luther king but thousands got a jump on his official birthday celebration. >> more than 45 bands and youth groups from around the nation marched through the streets of downtown houston on saturday for the fifth annual mlk youth parade. 200,000 people lined the 2 1/2 mile parade route to watch it all go by. >> organizers say the mlk youth parade is the country's third largest behind the rose parade and the macy's thanksgiving day parade. >> more than just a day off today. >> it's cool also that the congresswoman's husband, mark kelly, the guy we've heard so much about, the nasa guy, actually posted something on our website. he said, i'm so thankful for all the prayers but i hope on this day of remembrance people get out a few hours and dedicate some time and volunteer. >> a positive message for sure. more "world news now" coming up.
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welcome back, everybody. imagine if your job required you to compete in potato sack races against mongolian animals or on a quiet day literally jump down the street on a yoga ball. sounds a little nuts. >> you're about to meet the new yorker whose job it is to set world records. in fact, he owns the record for having the most records. so what makes him tick? here's ron claiborne. >> we measured ten meters. >> reporter: for ashrita furman, it was just another day. another world record. this one for running the fastest mile with aluminum cans on his feet, held in place by strings in his hands. with his latest athletic and arguably eccentric achievement, ashrita furman now holds 125
guinness world records, including the world record for holding the most world records. simply put, it's what he does. for the past 31 years he's crisscrossed the globe, setting a total of 350 decidedly offbeat records, and counting. among his achievements, the fastest mile while hula hooping in australia. chin balancing the tallest pole in turkey. fastest mile on a yoga ball in china. furthest distance balancing a pool cue in egypt. farthest distance rolling over in boston. jumping rope on a pogo stick in cambodia. and the record of which he is perhaps proudest, fastest mile in a sack while racing a yak in mongolia. >> when i heard there were yaks in mongolia i said, that would be the most exciting thing to have a race against a yak. >> reporter: we caught up with ashrita at the st. john's university track where he was practicing for the can run on a windy freezing afternoon. everybody must ask you, what's the point?
>> you know what, it's -- the point is joy. the point is challenge. okay, it's something silly, but you're the best in the world in it. >> reporter: now 56, ashrita says when he was in high school he was actually a nerd who shunned sports. he had a deep fascination with one thing. >> as a kid i was always a fan of the guinness book. i mean, i practically memorized it. >> reporter: in his 20s he got into meditation and decided setting a world record was one way to spiritual progress. he broke first one record, then another, and another, and another. >> okay, my philosophy is this. other human beings have broken those records. i'm a human being, i know how to meditate, why can't i break that record? >> reporter: ashrita has no sponsors. and, this will come as a surprise to a lot of people, he actually does have a day job. managing a health food store. >> i have to say i'm always thinking about the records. >> always on your mind? >> yeah, it is. >> isn't that a little obsessive? >> yeah, maybe. >> reporter: maybe? it is obsessive.
but it's an obsession he finds deeply fulfilling. and, well, a lot of fun. >> you're in that moment and nothing else exists except for you and whatever you're doing. so it's really -- i love that experience. >> he's been at it since 1979. as you heard in the piece, first record, 27,000 straight jumping jacks. >> he has some fascinating ones like eating the most m&ms with chopsticks. >> that's a good one. >> i wonder how many other people are vying for that particular title. >> i wonder how he picks, how he decides what he's going to do. it's so crazy, some of this stuff. >> at least he's driven. >> we've all got goals, right? coming up, some stars shining the brightest at last night's golden globes. >> the big award winners and the unforgettable moments coming up next in "the skinny."
we wanted to run down all the big winners. i thought it was a pretty cool ceremony. they spread the wealth a little bit. gervais was funny as a host. took zingers at a lot of celebs. interesting little ceremony here. here are the highlights. the winners real quick for you. best actress. in a comedy or musical. annette bening "the kids are all right" which was a good movie. paul giamatti, he was the best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical. natalie portman won for "black swan." colin firth won for "the king's speech." "the kids are all right" took the best motion picture drama. one of the big winners of the night, the big winner, "social network." the facebook movie took home the top prize, the best motion picture drama. no one movie really dominated, but of course they took home the big dog trophy last night. it was a precursor to the oscars so you know it builds up a lot of momentum going into the coveted academy awards in just a few weeks. >> a lot of people were surprised "the social network" is the one that closed the night. so many people expected the drama to be like "the black swan" or one of these things that was super artsy.
there you go. >> facebook rules the world. >> rob is dying to know who the best and worst dressed was. >> please tell me. >> we have to do this today. so let's start off with the best dressed. all three ladies are stunning. you'll notice when you see these pictures they're all in bright colors. that's actually a trend for the season. you can see angelina jolie, amy adams, and the beautiful sofia vergara who could look good in a potato sack. >> yes. >> let's get to the worst right now. the first one you and i disagree with completely. it is halle berry, followed on the worst list by michelle williams, and january jones there. interesting because they say more or less these women missed the mark because they didn't really do big color. as far as halle goes, i thought she looked amazing. >> so did i. halle berry, i mean, she couldn't look bad if she tried. >> they said it was too tight, the mini dress with the sheer overlay and stacked bracelets, all in all it was too much. ladies, there are a couple of trends. it's colors and for hair, bangs, straight hair and loose waves. there's lots of others but those caught our eye for best and worst.
>> january jones' dress looked like she just left the strip club, kind of harsh. think halle berry's too tight, willis? >> not! >> that's what i thought. >> i didn't either for once. i thought she looked great. >> they all looked great. take a look at this too. some funny moments last night. here are some of the highlights from some of the speeches. >> our first presenter is beautiful, talented, and jewish apparently. mel gibson told me that, he's obsessed. >> i don't know if an actress can do her best work until i've slept with her. >> ladies and gentlemen, robert de niro. >> thank you for this extraordinary honor. i was very, very moved and gratified when you made the announcement two months ago, well before you had a chance to review "little fockers." >> please welcome michael douglas!
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>> did you see the movie "zoolander"? you didn't. >> i did not, no. >> you might remember the title character was a ridiculously good-looking model who couldn't turn left. it turns out -- if you've seen the movie that made sense. turns out he might have been on to something. >> pretty good movie? >> yeah, actually, it is. >> this week i'll check it out. a new study shows if we eliminate turning left while driving we can get there safer and save gas. jeremy hubbard puts that theory to the test. >> reporter: hanging a left may work for nascar drivers. after all, what would this sport be without left-hand turns? but for the rest of us there is scientific proof left just isn't right. >> if people stopped making left turns tomorrow, we in the traffic business would be out of business the day after that. because left turns just contribute so much of our problem. >> reporter: researchers wondered what would happen if we stopped turning left altogether. they looked at specially designed super street intersections where, instead of going left, you hang a right,
drive a little ways, then flip a legal u-turn. it may sound time-consuming but they found travel times actually dropped 20%. collisions cut nearly in half. injuries plummet too. >> it's a great thing to do, so to speak. >> reporter: left-hand turns are no joke to u.p.s. >> we're going to make a right turn here. >> reporter: a few years ago the company installed navigation software that purposely minimizes the number of left-hand turns drivers make. the result has been staggering. since 2004, avoiding lefts has saved the company 10 million gallons of gas and reduced emissions that are equal to taking 5,300 cars off the road for an entire year. something to think about next time you approach the intersection. apparently, you can't go wrong going right. jeremy hubbard, abc news, new york. >> and so many streets like that in new orleans where i moved from were just that way. i thought for years, why are you doing this? this is awful. i'm the stupid one. all that time and money saved. it's crazy. >> not only time and money, they're also saying a group